If You Find a Stray
If you have spotted a dog that appears to be a stray in the Manhattan city limits, please contact an animal control officer by calling the Riley County Police Department at (785) 537-2112 Ext. 0. RCPD will dispatch an animal control officer.
If you have spotted a dog that appears to be a stray in Pottawatomie County, please contact the Pottawatomie Sheriff’s Department by calling (785) 457-3481.
Animal control officers and deputies are trained on how to approach animals that might be injured or aggressive.
If you have picked up a dog that appears to be a stray in the Manhattan city limits, and exhausted all resources to find the pet’s owner, call Prairie Paws Animal Shelter at (785) 587-2783 first to confirm there is space to bring it in.
There are no laws to prevent dogs from running at large in Riley or Pottawatomie counties. Please call before transporting a dog from outside the Manhattan city limits to Prairie Paws Animal Shelter.
Allowing pet cats to roam is not against the law in Manhattan, Riley County, or Pottawatomie County.
Many residents have indoor/outdoor cats. You should not assume a cat is a stray if it is roaming within the Manhattan city limits.
Statistically, lost cats are more likely to be found by their owners if they return home on their own than if they are brought to a shelter.
If you have located a litter of kittens, please DO NOT move them. Mother cats can spend multiple hours away from their litter hunting and might not return while humans are present.
If you believe you truly have found a homeless house cat in need, or a litter of abandoned kittens, you can call Prairie Paws Animal Shelter at (785) 587-2783 for additional options. The shelter may accept stray cats that are injured and/or need medical attention.
Please call first to confirm that the shelter has the capacity to accept the cat.
Manhattan also has feral cat colonies and volunteer groups that provide Trap Spay/Neuter and Release (TNR).
For more information about TNR resources, please email email@example.com.
- Very few cats are returned to their owners once they end up in a shelter. Return-to-owner rates from animal shelters are 1.5% to 4.5%, compared to 53% to 84% of cats that return home on their own when left alone.